Spelling out your mistakes

9 September 2011
While the jobs market might be quite rosy for some parts of purchasing at the moment, that’s not the case for all professions, which is why the result of a recent study by an online recruitment firm was so startling. According to staffbay, grammatical errors are still the number one CV gaffe. It asked 1,000 employers what problems they experienced and a massive 63 per cent said spelling and grammar mistakes were the biggest application turn off. The most common blunder was the misuse of you and you’re, it’s and its, have and of, accept and except and yourself and you. All I can say is: “Yourself should just except its about the worst thing you’re can of done.” (And don’t rely on computers to tell you where a mistake has been made. My system shows I only made one instead of at least seven). In brighter news, here’s a ray of hope for troubled recruiters. Research from the same company, (this time a survey of 5,000 workers), found employees place job satisfaction above financial reward. So if you find a candidate who thinks the role you’re offering is a dream job, you won’t have too pay over the odds for them. A total of 80 per cent said they would take a pay cut for their dream role. Four out of five would rather earn £20,000 a year for a position they love rather than £100,000 a year in a job they dislike.
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